COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker

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This database consolidates and tracks litigation concerning the effect of the pandemic on election law. The purpose of this tool is to provide an interactive list of relevant cases that can be searched by issue, court, status, and jurisdiction.

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Ohio ex rel. Ohio Democratic Party v. LaRose

Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn

Ohio ex rel. Ohio Democratic Party v. LaRose, No. 2020-0388 (Ohio S. Ct.)

  Case Summary After Ohio Department of Health ordered the closing of polling places the day before the March primary, the Secretary of State issued a directive to extend absentee voting through June 1 and set June 2 as the date for in-person voting. The Ohio Democratic Party challenged the Secretary of State's authority to set the election date and sought an order to direct the Board of Elections to extend the time for absentee ballot applications and voting, arranging for prepaid postage and return receptacles for absentee ballots, assistance for absentee voters with disabilities or illiteracy, and canvassing of ballots. The Court permitted the Libertarian party to join the complaint. The Court dismissed the Ohio Democratic Party's case at the party's request after the General Assembly passed an act voiding the directive. The Court deemed the Libertarian Party's still pending complaint moot.
Filed 03/17/2020
State Ohio
Type of Court State
Status Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn
Last Updated 03/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Mail Voting Deadlines (for Applying, Receiving, Postmark), Postage Requirement)
In-Person Voting COVID Concern (Suspension of In-Person Voting)
Authority To Act (State Separation of Powers)
Voter Registration Deadline
Postpone/Cancel Primary Deadline
Complaint(s) 03/17/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 03/31/2020: Order/Ruling, Case dismissed, subsequent actions by the secretary of state rendered the case moot.
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